Jamaican invitational tourney

African Record holder over the 200m, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor was in action at the Texas Tech Corky/Crofoot Shootout meet held at the Terry and Linda Track and Field Complex on Friday, April 27, where she raced to victory in the women’s 200m.

This is Okagbare-Ighoteguonor’s first outing since the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast where she was a member of the women’s 4x100m Bronze-winning team.

The Beijing 2008 Silver medalist ran in the Women 200m Dash Olympic Dev category where she returned a time of 22.43s to finish ahead of Cierra White (23.56s) and Lucile Gournet (25.70s).

The Nigerian sprinting sensation will definitely be getting set for the IAAF Diamond League series which kicks off next month, with the Doha as the starting point.

Stephanie Kalu raced in the Women 100m Dash Olympic Dev where she placed 2nd in a time of 11.77s as White won the race in 11.59s.

Meanwhile, Divine Oduduru, whose school hosted the competition, ran in the men’s 200m where he smashed his Personal Best (PB) to run an impressive time of 20.15s.

Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.


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